(photo by wasapninjordan)
Jordan Commercial Bank (JCB) announced today that it will continue to expand the number of Auto Teller Machines (ATMs) across Jordan. To follow this promise JCB has installed a new ATM in City Mall, Amman. The new ATM will offer complete banking services 24 hours a day (well you can only have access to the ATM as long the opening hours of City Mall🙂). JCB boasts about 28 ATMs in Amman.
As an expatriate living and working in Amman it is wonderful to have easy access to my hard earned money easily at a time that is convenient to me. The service is also available in English so making a mistake should be minimal🙂.
My concern is this and we have the same problem in the UK and that is why the banks charge you a fee of 0.5JD for using their services if that bank is not your opening account bank. When I first arrived in Jordan I used to access my money from any ATM, until I got my statement, which showed that every time I used another banks ATM I was charged without prior warning. In the UK if you are using another banks ATM, you are warned before taking the money out that a small fee will incur. If I accept I do so willingly. In Jordan this is not the case. Just a helpful tip for future expatriates.
To be honest I am more against the principle of being charged for something which I did not consent to rather than the small fee that I actually paid off. I do however believe it should be the banks that should pay the fees and not the customers. I think the banks make plenty and there is no need for this, whether in the UK or Jordan.